Kukla's Korner Hockey
Last chance to watch some NHL hockey until Wednesday, December 26th.
Check out the game times and TV listings for today at NHL.com and watch a preview video of the matchups…
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
Brent Sutter is home for the holidays. This area, this rink, is as familiar, as comfortable, as warmly accessible to him as a cherished old bathrobe.
“I’ve coached a lot in this building,’’ he reminds you, needlessly.
“Calgary and Edmonton are both so close to home. But I’ve been so focused on the task at hand I haven’t gotten too caught up in it.”
Clearly, though, he’s happy being back in western Canada, and particularly in Alberta. And later tonight, he’ll be climbing back on the old bus.
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
“Everybody had a backyard rink, it seemed,” says Toronto Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice, who grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
“It was such a huge part of growing up,” Mr. Maurice says. “There are so many things you just don’t see any more. You don’t see kids going to school with skates over their shoulders. You can’t even if you wanted to. Skates have sharp blades. And sticks wouldn’t be allowed.
“My parents couldn’t see the rink we played on. They just knew we were there.”
But times change, he admits with a sheepish smile: “I wouldn’t let my own kids do that today.”
more (highly recommended)
from the CP via the Toronto Star,
Cherry said on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada that he “understands” why Simon stomped on Pittsburgh Penguin Jarkko Ruutu’s leg during a game last weekend. The incident led to Simon’s 30-game suspension last Wednesday, the longest in NHL history for an on-ice incident.
“He broke the code, you never do anything like that, but you can understand it somehow,” said Cherry.
read on and/or watch the video…
from Bruce Garrioch of theOttawa Sun,
The Rangers haven’t had any talks with G Henrik Lundqvist, who can become a restricted free agent July 1 and is making $4.25 million this season. The Rangers are going to have to pony up about $8 million per season on a new contract to fend off the threat of an offer sheet from a team looking for goaltending help. The Lightning, Kings and Oilers would all be in the running.
If the Rangers decide to trade W Jaromir Jagr at the deadline, Detroit is a possible destination.
much more rumor talk…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The fall out of favor of Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik, scratched from the last two games, is merely symbolic of the dysfunction striking the Penguins.
A notable number of players in the room harbor bitter feelings toward head coach Michel Therrien and assistant Andre Savard. There is resentment, we’re told, over the manner in which veteran Mark Recchi was waived. Ruutuu and Gary Roberts have asked for trades.
more and some Simon and NHLPA talk too…
from Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,
The comments have been nearly nonstop on whether Daniel Briere should have been booed mercilessly when he returned to Buffalo on Friday. And the words are passionate on both sides of the argument. One site even had to shut down the message board topic because the chatter turned into fans with opposing views typing vulgarities at each other.
For even more words on the matter, here we go: The booing of Briere was absolutely wrong, especially at the start of the game.
He helped make the Sabres matter again. When he arrived, games consisted of about 9,000 fans and a few writers.
read on and just a little reminder, Sergei Fedorov still gets booed in Detroit so it will probably continue in Buffalo too.
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This hot-and-cold argument has raged almost from the time composite sticks became popular, early in the 2002-03 season. It was very much a topic in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ dressing room Friday after defenceman Pavel Kubina’s stick disintegrated as he leaned into a wide-open slapshot in Tampa on Thursday, which might have provided the visitors with a last-minute victory.
Instead, the Lightning broke away on an odd-man rush and Vincent Lecavalier slapped in the decisive tally with 41.6 seconds left in regulation time.
“Yeah, a broken stick probably cost us a game the other night,” forward Matt Stajan said.
from the Ottawa Sun,
Once the Blackhawks winger found out Chicago was playing in Ottawa, he purchased a private box at Scotiabank Place for all his close buddies in the capital….
“It’s going to be special to come back there and play in my first game,” said Havlat, 26, the Senators’ top pick in 1999 with the No. 26 selection. “I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. There were so many good nights in that building, so many special moments and the thing I enjoyed the most was that we always had a team that made the playoffs.
“We always had a chance ever year. The winning, and having the chance to win, was always something I enjoyed. That’s what every hockey player wants to have in his career.”
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